Peter Asher, who produced much of the seminal work for James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, produced the 10,000 Maniacs albums In My Tribe
(1987) and Blind Man's Zoo
(1989). "I loved the songs they wrote, I loved the way Natalie sings, loved the way her voice sounded, and Natalie and I got on really well," he told Songfacts
. "The challenge I suppose was, working with a band is a bit different than working with studio musicians because you make suggestions, in a way, more tentatively."